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Tag: federal budget

Oct.
31st

BUDGET: End worst abuses of offshore tax havens

Re: “Budget battles will resume soon at a Congress near you” (TNT, 10-31).

The article reports that another budget battle is coming in Congress. I’m still a little shell-shocked from the first one. Who would think that the United States of America would come so close to a self-inflicted financial calamity?

When the two sides go back to the bargaining table, let’s hope they have their thinking caps on. So far all the talk has been about slashing spending – the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as the “sequester,” or even cuts to Medicare and Social Security. But while lawmakers

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Oct.
21st

BUDGET: Three ideas could make a difference

What can Congress do to make an immediate improvement in Social Security and Medicare spending?

First, allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices. According to a report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research – based on figures provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Congressional Budget Office – a cumulative savings of $230 billion to $541 billion over 10 years could be achieved.

Washington state could save from $522 million to $1.229 billion. Additional savings could happen from negotiating prices for all medical supplies and durable medical equipment.

Second, tax all earned income

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Jan.
22nd

BUDGET: Senators need to do their job

Management of government is no different than a family or business. If you spend money without any plan, the result will be bankruptcy. Our federal government has no plan.

One of the job requirements for the Senate is to pass a budget every year. It has not passed a budget for nearly four years. Why are the senators still being paid their salary?

Our country is in trouble due to irresponsible spending. All efforts of the conservatives are rebuffed, ignored and ridiculed. The first bill passed by the Senate for Hurricane Sandy aid included money for fisheries in Alaska, free

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Sep.
25th

BUDGET: Conservatives ignore half of budget deficit

Robert J. Samuelson’s column (TNT, 9-20) purports to offer a moral high ground statement on the issues laid bare in Mitt Romney’s now infamous “47 percent” remark. But Samuelson commits the same ideologically driven bias of countless conservative analyses.

While railing against the welfare state and government benefits, he ignores the majority of the sources of the federal budget deficit. With ire focused on Social Security, Medicare and lesser-known federal programs, we read very little about the government benefits received by “the 53 percent” and not a single word about the multitude of tax breaks and tax expenditures enjoyed

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April
14th

BUDGET: Read the heart of our nation

There is an old saying: “Look at a person’s checkbook, and you will read the person’s heart.”

Lately the media haver been awash with the federal checkbook – i.e. budget proposals, one by the president and the other by Rep. Paul Ryan. Yet there is another checkbook being proposed called “The People’s Budget,” signed onto by 80 members of Congress, that is quite different than those of the president and Ryan, and reveals a different heart. But little is mentioned about this proposal in our mass media.

Why is this?

April
8th

BUDGET: Where were Republicans when this mess started?

Senator Coburn’s article (TNT, 4-7) seems a bit disingenuous to me. While the statistics he points to regarding our budget deficit are frightening, indeed, I must ask why he glosses over the idea of taxes to help avert his scary crisis. Certainly ending the Bush tax cuts would close some of the gap and ending corporate welfare such as that enjoyed by GE and ExxonMobil would also substantially reduce the deficit.

Spending cuts proposed by Paul Ryan, that Coburn praises, are only one half of the equation. The cuts the Republicans are proposing attack the most vulnerable among us, the

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April
7th

BUDGET: Two steps for fiscal sanity

The federal government should: cut Defense costs by exiting Afghanistan and Iraq, and minimize health costs by having single-payer (government) insurance.

Those were chosen wars. President Bush followed advisers calling us to bring democracy to near-east lands, and phony fears of Iraq’s mass destruction weapons. Professional historians (I’m one) know democracy cannot arrive suddenly: It’s a long cultural change. Ours began with Magna Carta in 1215, blossoming with our Civil War’s abolition of slavery. Iraq and Afghanistan are tribal cultures with accompanying violence. Our wars there have cost 6,000 lives — that carnage continues. Accompanying is the horrific cost for

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April
4th

FEDERAL BUDGET: U.S. has a revenue problem

With the possibility of a looming government shutdown, it’s really worth considering what dug the hole we’re currently in. All we hear about – thanks primarily to the corporate right wing media – is that spending cuts are the only salvation for our country’s woes.

The Republicans seized control in the House with the promise of creating more jobs and solving our fiscal problems. Have they delivered? I’m curious about how the EPA, Planned Parenthood, NPR, Head Start and any of the other programs on the conservative hit list have put our country in such jeopardy. This is a

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